Thursday, May 27, 2010

Let’s Discuss….Suspenders

I’m so tired of my pants riding on my hips (like jeans) and not on my waist(right below the belly-button) where they should be. All day I’m adjusting my pants hoping they will stay in the right place. My belt doesn’t want to help the situation either. It’s either too tight or too loose..always.

The other day I broke down and bought a pair of suspenders for my new Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit. After wearing the suspenders just one night I will probably never go back to belting suitpants again. Suspenders work!!

Suspenders keep your pants in place like no belt ever could. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the look of suspenders and I hate funny or theme-y suspenders, so i hide my braces under a vested suit.

The downside of this new love is that suspenders are so hard to find, at least in New York. Suspenders and cufflinks are two of the most important accessories for men and yet the challenge of finding great options is almost insurmountable.

So, what do I need to know about the art and craft of suspenders and where can I find some good ones?


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  1. Sara

    May 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Very nice!

  2. Cheryl Wilson - O'Pry

    May 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I love the contrast of the dragon tattoo with his outfit!

  3. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Scott!
    I share your frustration. Although I don't use suspenders as a man would, I love to wear a loose man's pants with suspenders so the pants hit at my waist.
    I LOOKED EVERYWHERE for a vintage inspired, clean leather version and finally found one on Ebay – hope this suggestion helps. You would definitely look HOT with suspenders – lucky Garance :)

  4. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    May 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I've noticed that suspenders are v. popular among well dressed men in Italy.

    Rarely did I see men in L.A. wear them.

    Why is that? Because L.A. is more casual?

  5. Mo

    May 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    the rise is perfect :)

  6. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    The suspenders are surprisingly an effortlessly chic touch to any suit.

  7. Daria Hlazatova

    May 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    i have no idea! but they look good

  8. JavierGandara

    May 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I like this outfit, the tatto is really cool, he isn

  9. Ross

    May 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Cigar Inn on 71st and 1st has a nice selection of Men's Accessories, not to mention cigars.

  10. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Turnbull & Asser in London stock a good selection of suspenders. Albert Thurston and Drakes of London have websites that customers can order from.

  11. Robert

    May 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    horses for course. i don't like my pants riding too high. i'm also only 30 and an accidental suspender reveal may as well be of the feminine type. embarrassing.

  12. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I want one of these. No, no, not suspenders; a fabulously aged man with salt-n-pepper hair who can rock a nice suit and a dragon tat. Oh yeah.

  13. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Where was this photo taken, Scott? And who is he?

  14. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Awwww. So cool until I scrolled down and saw the tatoo. Ruined the whole look for me.

  15. CHARLie'S

    May 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I work at Ralph Lauren, and we have suspenders…

  16. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    What are "suspenders" – are you talking about braces?

  17. ali

    May 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    My extremely stylish 93 yr old grandfather wears (usually) thin leather suspenders with brass clips for all his suits, both winter wool & summer seersucker- most of which he's had for 40+ years! Recently, though, he was very pleased to pick up a Hickey Freeman suit at the Junior League for a mere $15 whilst visiting me out in Oregon. (His enthusiasm shaped by both impeccable style & coming of age during the Great Depression).
    I meant to send pics for the vintage postings; maybe I'll get on that now!

  18. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I thought suspenders were the ones with the metal clips, often worn by tradesmen. While braces are the ones with leather straps that attach to buttons in the waistband.

    Or is that American vs. British terminology at play?

    • Unknown

      October 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Yes, you are correct. Although many people here in NYC do not know the different as people seldom wear braces here.

  19. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Thurston. Paul Stuart. J Press.

    Also, there is a school of thought that if you are going to wear braces, your pants should not have belt loops. I have gone back and forth over the years, but it's just a thought.

  20. Michael Q.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I believe Albert Thurston crafts the best braces in the world. They'll even tailor them to your specifications for a fee. I recommend braces with white fittings, which are more versatile. (you can get any of them changed to white fittings too)

  21. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    He look great! ….but the supenders in his case are a fashion detail. No need for them at all with that outfit. The pants are to tight for a belt and for a supenders. So the man are all "chic" !!
    Only one negative comment; he

  22. marlono

    May 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    This guy is downright HOT. I love the ease with which he wears the suit and the suspenders, and then the tattoo shows off a little bit more of his personality such that one wants to know more about him. Plus, love the salt & pepper hair.

  23. Sarah Dee

    May 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Im not quite sure but I really like the look of suspenders! They're dashing really ;)


  24. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Ralph Lauren have a decent selection, Paul Stuart do as well. less variety but a nice collection of solids at Saks and brooks Brothers. Bromleys at have a HUGE selection available online.

  25. allieleigh

    May 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I actually own a dress with suspenders and the suspenders are actually the reason I bought it. Suspenders feel kind of vintage (but in the best possible way). Also I like the trend of menswear for girls.

    Also the man in this photo is fabulous. The tattoo makes him.

  26. istanbulfashionaddict

    May 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    confused by opposites here tattoo+suit+suspenders but completes every detail.

  27. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm

  28. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Well, American Apparel does some thin, unobtrusive suspenders? Their advert is in the sidebar of the blog… Shouldnt you be recommending them?
    Also, in England we call them 'braces': suspenders are a different thing entirely… I thought I'd accidently gone to the Bad part of the internet when I saw 'Let's Discuss….Suspenders!'

  29. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    No distinguished gentleman should ever wear a suit without his braces. There are tons of places in NYC to buy braces- the following stores have beautiful braces: Paul Stuart- Herzfield on 57th Street- they too have beautiful braces. Alan Flusser and the last spot I recommend is B.Oyamma in Harlem on 7th Ave (Adam Clayton Powell, Jr Blvd) btwn 136th and 137th St. He also has a website where you can see the braces-

    Happy Hunting!!!!

  30. lenmeister

    May 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Hello Sart, I've been curious about suspenders as well as of recently. Last I checked, Barneys NY on Madison had a good selection. I will go back and keep you posted.

  31. Brennan

    May 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Brooks Brothers has nice, plain braces and I have always had good luck with them. GQ did an expose on suspenders recently (maybe even last month) but I am not sure they are what you are looking for.
    But yes, braces are the most convenient way to hold up ones trousers, no matter the height desired.

  32. Nicolas Lazaro

    May 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Alexander Olch man, they're made in NY. I think some are available at Lark, not sure who else carries his suspenders.

  33. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Get yourself to London, and Jermyn Street in particular, plenty of places that do them there!

  34. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    thrift stores.

  35. James Cardinell

    May 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    It's Will Boehlke's store (
    He's got the best, and link to the other bests of menswear. I've always preferred braces- I just keep my coat on if there's no vest.

  36. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Dig THIS!! Braided leather.
    Also available elsewhere.

  37. Ed K

    May 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Yes Scott i agree with you, its a shame you can't find any good suspenders or cuff links anymore, I do own quite a few Burberry cuff links but would love to have a more variety.
    Oh by the way just stumbled on a blog today thats a copy cat of yours and its about Cats??? very weird i must say

  38. T.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I'm not sure if I like suspenders in general, but I love this man's look.

  39. Steve

    May 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I concur with the comment above. Turnbull and Asser have a great selection of braces and also great underwear not sure if they have a shop in the U.S. but they do have an online shop. Ede & Ravenscroft's are cheaper haven't seen them live though

  40. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Tattoo is nice, funky!

    I like suspenders too and, in difference to you other guys, I love also their look. With a borsalino hat and suspenders you look like Columbo or Humphrey Bogart, nice!

    I'm 100% for suspenders!

  41. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I want him too!

  42. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Try Freeman's Sporting Club on Rivington.

  43. Nicholas

    May 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm is a good site to hit if your looking for braces, this dapper man could be in the mafia. beautiful blog x

  44. Dbzc

    May 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I like the double-ups. They look stylish and are more like vintage button suspenders.


  45. anthony

    May 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Really nice. Enjoyable article too. Not keen on the tattoo. The shirt collar is curious. I've decided to award marks: 9/10 !

  46. Instant Stylist

    May 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    This may be pretty obvious, but Paul Stuart carries nice suspenders — not a huge selection, but nice choices. I get my husband's suspenders there.

    I have to say, there is something sexy about a plain, nice pair of suspenders over a crisp white dress shirt on a man. Maybe for us women it's the equivalent of how men feel about a garter belt on a woman. Suspenders remind me of manly film noir detectives pulling a flask of scotch out of the drawer of their wooden desks while asking a red-lipsticked lady if she has an alibi. Very Perry Mason.

    I wouldn't say to walk around with only suspenders and no jacket, but the suspender reveal is a special moment for us ladies at the end of the evening when we are home with our man and he is changing out of his suit.

  47. Laura

    May 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    and now you know the pains of strapless bras.

  48. Metajuridica

    May 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I think suspenders don't look that bad. I don't know if they ship to the US but you should try

    this is the classic stuff!

    The most important thing is that you don't wear them with clips, but with a leather piece in combination with buttons on the inside of your pants.

    Otherwise, come to the Netherlands and buy them at shoes&shirts, for example (store in Maastricht)

  49. JP

    May 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Try Seigo at 1248 Madison Ave
    (between 89th St & 90th St. Very nice store owned by a very nice Japanese gentleman with unique ties and suspenders. Let me know what you think about it.

  50. the eternal worrier is:

    May 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    He looks so cool and I love the dragon.

  51. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Try Seigo on 1248 Madison Ave
    (between 89th St & 90th St). A very nice Japanese gentleman puts a unique touch to his ties and suspenders.

  52. usoniaboy

    May 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    This was fascinating to me – you say you broke down and bought a pair. Clearly you are not a suspender person. I'm a loyal follower of your blog but have rarely, if ever, seen you photograph a gentleman wearing suspenders. I love them so much, I've begun attaching buttons to my blue jeans and wearing them with traditional button-down shirts for precisely the reasons you mentioned. If you like them, you have to start looking on ebay and at thrift stores. My favorite ones were purchased there. Not a fan of silly ones either, but different leathers and in the narrower widths always strike a chord. Clip-ons rarely, but I confess I DO wear them in black or navy.

  53. vir beātum

    May 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I found some Thurston's – really good English braces – in Saks 5th Ave not long ago. Give them a try.

  54. Lilly

    May 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    i wish i knew what the place was called but there's a GREAT vintage shop on greenwich ave right off 6th and they had lots of suspenders!

  55. Louise

    May 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    What Anon 3:14 pm said! Oh yeah.

  56. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    My dad exclusively wears suspenders (with bespoke suits), never belts, and he is the best dressed man I know. I think he gets them at J Press. Also perhaps Brooks Brothers?

  57. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    You can get them from albert thurston, remove the belt loops from the pants and add side adjusters

  58. FindingFashionland

    May 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    omg i love it. the tattoo, the suit, the smile the additute.. Brilliant!

  59. Christopher Gloria

    May 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I feel the same way about suspenders as I do cufflinks. If you notice them on somebody then they are doing something wrong. Both are totally functional, but shouldn't draw unwanted attention.
    (Read: Keep them concealed.)

  60. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Saks Fifth Avenue has a good selection, as does H. Herzfeld on East 57th Street. That's where I bought my husband his first pair, and he, too, has never looked back.

  61. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Hello Welcome to my realm i only have one brand to mention all the others need not apply

    These will not disappoint

    . James

  62. Jimmy

    May 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    There is really nothing to discuss, suspenders works!
    I use Albert Thurston, they are absolute top quality, and comes in 3 diffrent sizes.
    As I am in Copenhagen, Denmark, I really don

  63. Ville Raivio

    May 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Mr Schuman,

    the answers to your questions can be found from

    Ville Raivio
    Webmaster at

  64. The Sluice Box

    May 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    The blog A Suitable Wardrobe has an excellent posting about suspenders:

  65. Archibald

    May 27, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Albert Thurston, London, supply the greatest suspenders of all time, since 1820.

  66. minaparkblog

    May 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    You can find some great suspenders at your local thrift/vintage store!

  67. Olga

    May 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I promised a banker friend of mine some suspenders as a gift for his first big paycheck. I found that Brooks Brothers usually has a decent choice.

    Although they have more belts, i think the suspenders are quite good.

  68. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    let me add one more vote for albert thurston:

    customer service is as good as their braces.

    in fact, i learned about them from this blog!

  69. DSC808

    May 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I have a suit made from Meyer and Mortimer in London and they make adjustable tabs for your trousers.

  70. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    This is Giampaolo from Al Bazar, Milan. A great guy and very knowledgeable on suits.

  71. aggy

    May 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Me thinks you need to start a suspenders and cufflinks line! It's also interesting that the blog "Stylesigntings" post today is also about suspenders.

  72. Francesca

    May 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    thomas pink??? i think theyre kind of endearing.

    F <– texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!

  73. Percy Chatsworth

    May 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Vintage stores for suspenders and cufflinks.

    Remember, one doesn't need to take off his jacket and show his undergarments! (Old rules of proper dressing) Nobody sees the suspenders, and you are left with pants which remain where they should remain.

  74. Moorea Seal

    May 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I Have found numerous FABULOUS suspenders in vintage shops all over the U.S. Seattle has a particularly large assortment in the vintage shops called Red Light. Good luck on your hunt!

  75. The Clever Pup

    May 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    This guy's a sex-bomb. I'd blush with him in the same room. My husband would love to wear suspenders but has a hard time finding pants that are suitable.

  76. Jesse

    May 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Paul Stuart in NYC.

    Charvet in Paris.


  77. Diana

    May 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Personally, I love suspenders on a man, and I like the look of them. My husband wore them for our wedding (underneath the suiting, of course.) He had his custom fit at a Men's Wearhouse – I know, not high couture, but it worked for him.

  78. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Try Barbara Shaum, a leather craftsperson, in NYC.

  79. Merinos

    May 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    There is only one real suspender brand and that is Albert Thurston:

    Also google the name "Jort Kelder", he is a celebrity dutchmen that wears suspenders all the time.

  80. Martin

    May 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    He went over the top with the blue-ish croc strap, instead of sticking with a brown one.


    May 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    He is rocking the suspenders! x

  82. パスカル

    May 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Come to London. You'll find them everywhere in Jermyn Street

  83. rebekah

    May 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Wow, all stripes and spots! (And dragon tattoo-ed!). Suspenders definitely take me back to another time. Makes me think of fin de siecle Irish immigrants in New York City.

  84. Margarita.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    as a girl, i totally love the way suspenders look on man. don't get me wrong, suspenders can make a man look super stupid, but if worn well, they make a man look very very elegant.
    i know the exact places to get suspenders in barcelona, i don't think it will help right now, but BOW-TIE or MIL have elegant ones (my older brother uses suspenders, he loves them).
    hope it hepls :)

  85. SabinePsynopsis

    May 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Sorry, can't help with the suspenders, but still wanted to say that this guy is so old school hot in a slightly criminal looking way. Like straight from 'The Sting'. Great picture!

  86. Briana

    May 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I love suspenders in general and use them fairly often. I get all of mine at thrift stores and flea markets and have been able to find some nicely decorative ones with elegant engravings on the metal snap parts. They also always have a big selection of the braces, usually more than the snaps. Happy hunting!

  87. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Barker Black has braces….and lovely mens shoes

  88. Addict

    May 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    This guy is cool, with his tattoo and the suspenders. The graying at the temples also works.

  89. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I live in S. Texas, very, very hot weather, therefore, my late husband seldom wore a jacket. So, his show of style were beautiful ties and great braces. One day when I introduced my self to a famous politician, he didn't remember my husband's name but remembered his ties.
    Great picture of this stylish man… if he could just loose the tattoo

  90. Carole

    May 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I think suspenders are so sexy. He looks fabulous!

  91. josh

    May 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Thurston is the best.

  92. Kaila

    May 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    GREAT! Love the peak of the tattoo!!

  93. Corinne and Brad Evans

    May 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Check out Albert Thurston online. I buy all mine from them…I'm a 31-year-old banker in Atlanta and have not worn a belt with a suit since college. Make sure to take the belt loops off your trousers.

  94. Lisa Petrarca

    May 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I don't know Scott, but I'm guessing that after this post & with your fashion influence, we will see stores that sell them popping up all over!

  95. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    You can find a wide selection of braces (suspenders) in any shirtmaker on Jermyn Street. That guy looks sharp

  96. Payton

    May 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    vintage, vintage, vintage. I have found some of the best suspenders in vintage shops. Like new.

  97. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Brooks Brothers makes great suspenders, a couple seasons ago they even had a pair of formal ones with prince of wales pattern, but they have plain blues and blacks.

    Paul Stuart also makes great suspenders, if you are feeling crazy they even have some lime greens and reds!

    Good Luck!

  98. Prêt à Porter P

    May 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    brooks bros. I know they still do suiting where you have the option of choosing suspender buttons.

  99. The Vegaran

    May 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Yes braces! They are not appreciated enough. I have a pair that's red, that I have owned since I was 8, but they scarcely sell them anywhere. I'd recommend going to markets in provincial towns in Europe, they're more likely to sell them, but that's a far trip for a pair of braces. A handful of vintage shops here in Toronto sell them, so try vintage shops in New York, there should be at least a few that still sell braces.

  100. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Try Amercian apparel. I used to work there and they had some. I know there are some awkwardly bright yellow ones but there's a some of a nice shade of blue :) goodluck!

  101. Angela

    May 27, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I have a black pair and never wear them. Don't get me wrong though, I love them. I should say I don't wear them because I keep forgetting that I have them.

  102. CW

    May 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Almost any good mens shop in NYC will have a selection of button or clasp-style suspenders (braces, for you UKspeakers). Alternately, go online. There are also side-style suspenders (no back strap) available from Duluth Trading and other casual online outlets. These are better for jeans, chinos, and any trousers in which you are more active than suit or sportcoat trousers.

  103. Cobo

    May 27, 2010 at 6:50 pm

  104. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Excuse me people… Despite the fact that I'm italian… I must admit that a one stop and satisfaction for suspenders is Brooks Brothers (anyone?!) They have a big selection and they are very classy.

    At least the ones that are sold here in the Brooks Brothers shop in Milan.


  105. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    He looks cool but he is just wearing them as an accessory, they aren't holding his pants up and they are a size too big.

    I spent years constantly pulling my pants up until in middle age I finally bought some braces/suspenders and a new era dawned.

    I then spent several more years buying every brand imaginable from all over the world via the internet until eventually after numerous different brands and types I found Thurstons so another vote for them, their classic design and quality of manufacture are head and shoulders above all the others.

    Remember too that size is an issue. Although you can adjust them to fit if they are too big the yoke at the back will be uncomfortably high so go for the smallest size that will reach over. The guy in your photo is wearing a size way too big, you can tell by how high the adjustment clips are, they should only be a a few inches above the bottom yokes rather than up on his chest.

  106. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    i love a man in suspenders.

  107. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Faute de go

  108. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Yes on braces/suspenders. I find (even as a young man with few opportunities to rock my favorite suits) there is really no question as to the superiority of braces over belts with fine men's clothing (western suits aside). To be honest I spend my working life farming in overalls, which carry the same advantages over into work attire.

    No on silly braces/cufflinks. I am nearly always disappointed with the silliness of the cufflinks offered by my local retailers. Luckily/sadly my father's understatedly elegant silver Art Deco links are now mine.

    Suggestions about retailers in the NYC area, maybe Marsh's or Mitchell's up in CT. they are both now related to Wilkes Bashford my favorite store in SF, but if you are ever in Northern California you will be well served visiting Peter Navin in Sacramento (a little over an hour from SF), along with his outstanding custom gentlemen's clothing he also stocks a notable selection of cufflinks and braces.

    Good luck with your new interest, welcome to the Belts Are For Casual Clothing Club.

    Kylan H

  109. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    The best cufflinks can be found at antique shows that have jewellery collectors on site. Try it. I have found many fabulous pairs, men's, that I wear…even thought I am a lady.

  110. bvr44

    May 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I donn't know where to find suspenders and cufflinks in NYC but if you'r in the vacinity of Amsterdam go to the english hatter they have a wide selection of classic ( so no silly ones) suspenders and cufflinks

  111. Liya

    May 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I always wonder why my dad wears suspenders over a belt and i never bothered to ask him, but now i know..

    i say stock up while in Milano!!

  112. loolah

    May 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I love braces. Always have. I like them out in the open, un-hidden, taking in the view, seeing and being seen.

    But ONLY if they're buttoned, and not those awful clip-on things.

    Liberty of London used to do a stirling range. Whether or not they still do I couldn't say because I now live in Sydney.

    I like the blokey in the picture – the braces and the tat are a marriage made in stylistic heaven.

  113. AtomikBomb

    May 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I started wearing the occasional suspenders as a teenager in the '90s (oh, the return of punk-rock…). Even to this day, I'm still making my own. I find that the metal and the elastics are easier to find then already made ones. If you don't have the time or patience, it's pretty easy to find a good pair in Montreal!

  114. Helen

    May 27, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    from a womans perspective this gentlemans look is incredibly sexy, and I'm not a huge suit fan, but man…he wears it well.

  115. guillermo

    May 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Log on to Albert Thurston. If they don't have it, you don't need it.

  116. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Scott, I had the same problem. Solution: have some pants made, preferably by Ambrosio in Napoli, or any reputable tailor in NYC. Braces are best found in London. Regards,

  117. chibi

    May 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I just bought one for myself and they work superbly!
    It is a shame not many men wear it anymore, with the buttons on their pants specifically for their suspenders etc… I think suspenders on men look very nice :)

  118. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Three words: Mork from Ork.

  119. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    All you need to know about wearing suspenders or any type of gentleman's attire can be learnt from a girl: Janelle Monae!

  120. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    On a recent trip to Boston I came across the store (and the man) Bobby from Boston. He stocks a wonderful array of vintage braces in both clip-on and button styles. In store I saw over 50 braces (got two of them) and was informed that he has two warehouses of extra vintage clothing. Not only are his suspenders great but he's got wonderful american vintage clothing. Great place to look.

  121. stone

    May 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    suspenders are pretty cool, especially on women. but also on older men, they give their outfits more character with a classic touch.

  122. The Gent.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    For me suspenders are very elegant items, they work for almost evry outfit.
    Thanks Scott

  123. kagitsune

    May 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Try thrift/resale stores. That's where I found mine. <3

    And I personally *love* suspenders showing. Especially with tattoos. :D (wonderful shot)

    As a girl interested in menswear adopted for women's street fashion, I think I'm just going to go ahead and read all these lovely comments. Should be educational. ^^

  124. Dr. K

    May 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Just remember, if you plan on wearing suspenders with a suit, do NOT use clip-ons: get classic suspenders with leather button loops. Have your tailor remove the belt loops on the suit trousers and affix buttons to the insides of your waistband (four in front, two in back). Not wearing braces myself, I'm not familiar with all the manufacturers, but I do know Albert Thurston has been making quality pairs for a while; if I wanted a good pair, I'd start by looking there.

  125. Caitlin and James

    May 27, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    My brother-in-law is only 20 and he is swears by suspenders.

  126. Sydney

    May 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    The tie is the best part.. I love this

  127. CDS

    May 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    There's nothing quite like a man who has confidence and can dress. Suspenders…takes a certain kind of man. Kudos!

  128. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    He is so hot. Perfect. Look at that smile.

  129. Laura

    May 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    suspenders = sexy

  130. Joy

    May 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I spent two years looking for a beautiful pair of simple but interesting braces – eventually i got a tweed pair by rag & bone and I know they have others.

    The men who I've met who have great braces have always said they got them vintage, the best are old braces going back decades.

  131. Yoli

    May 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I LOVE SUSPENDERS! His are so chic!

  132. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I love suspenders even though I am a girl and I agree it's hard to find good quality braces. The high street seems to only make cheap plastic versions but I did manage to see some gorgeous ones in Ebisu Jeans (pleasantly surprised) and Brooke's Brothers seems to have some nice ones, too. I hope that good quality braces trend will come one day then the choices will expand exponentially!

  133. kpf

    May 27, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    My Dad looked so great in his suspenders! I wonder what happened to his collection. They're sexy and manly and wonderful – don't go back to belts.

  134. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Check out David Owen's vintage clothing on 154 Orchard. There's great vintage suspenders and cufflinks there!

  135. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I love the contrast of the fabulous suit with the tattoo…

  136. rEVOLVEr

    May 28, 2010 at 12:16 am

    I have been wearing suspenders for about two years now, I had all my suits worked out so they have buttons for them. I think they are the best decision I've made and I even love the way I can accesorize with them. If you're looking for some suspenders I recommend two shops, one is Se

  137. pRiyA

    May 28, 2010 at 12:39 am

    He has an amazing smile, a face radiating with happiness and confidence. Gotta love him instantly :)


    May 28, 2010 at 1:04 am

    My statistics professor was big on style and he would add points to my grade when ever I would attend class in an outfit that he considered stylish. I always wear suspenders with my suits, and he would tell me "Firemen wear suspenders, gentlemen wear braces" lol I will never for get that.
    As for a good place to get them, my tailor always has a big selection and tells me they are Italian. Jpress has some nice ones but Tim Taylor on Tool Time-Home Improvement has the best.

  139. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Hi Scott, suspenders are my favorite accessories for men. They are very good with suit but also with jeans. Here is link for shop, where you can find a lot of different types of susspenders: Regards from Prague, Czech Republic… Denisa

  140. Arlenesfelt

    May 28, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Yes the braces are great, but bottom line, this guys appeal goes way beyond that. The hair, the smile, his demeanor all make me want to know him.

  141. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Odd collar, pants too high, hate the tattoo……..yet love him. Must be his apparent ease and big smile. Or wait, is it the braces? Hmmm.

  142. domesticgodess!!

    May 28, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Dont know where you can get braces outside of Perth, Western Australia, but I just bought my husband a magnificent pair of cuff links by Thora Walton AND they come in the coolest box with tassles!! They are designed by the wife in a whole family who designs cufflinks (or so the guy who owns the store told me) this is the website

  143. Blindcopy

    May 28, 2010 at 2:49 am

    wow. fabulous kind-of-mafiosi style. love it!

  144. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Dear sir, Colin Thurston, in London, are the best suspenders in the world and you can find those ones that a proper gentleman ought to wear.

  145. Volga

    May 28, 2010 at 3:14 am

    I don't have an advice on where to buy them, but I share the positive feeling to them for their functionality. Me and my 6 years old daughter just love them. I also like look of them on a man or a woman or a child.

  146. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 3:44 am

    I think I'm in love! :) He looks effortlessly fabulous. Another great shot that captures a wonderful vibe.

  147. Yanes Alicante

    May 28, 2010 at 4:02 am

    It's difficult to find good bracelets for men. Here very good ones. J'aime.

  148. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 4:04 am

    There is a little zeitgeisty about your posting Scott. I adopted braces when Wall Street came out back in the day…. and here we are the sequel out and I wonder if there is something about the confidence it generates that is defying the times a little now….

    the key with suspenders is a good drape with the trouser and preferably a fuller cut or better still pleats (gosh, shock, horror!) that allow the fabric to fall just so.

    and yes, the shameless swan about when you take your jacket off is certainly a mojo moment!



  149. michaeljosephowens

    May 28, 2010 at 4:12 am

    This dude couldn't be sexier. Everything works here.

  150. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Come to London or Oxford mate.

  151. Nici

    May 28, 2010 at 4:22 am

    You could also check out some stores (online and off) that sell Old West Clothing for Cowboy Action Shooting and/or reenactment. Suspenders are a must for any man shooting CAS, so the retailers specialising in the clothes needed always have a good selection of suspenders (with buttons of course).

  152. David

    May 28, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Albert Thurston and Turnbull and Asser are the best choices in London for a wide range of suspenders.
    In NYC I bought very nice suspenders vintage style at Barker Black (198 Elizabeth St)in which you can also find beautiful shoes.

  153. XAVS

    May 28, 2010 at 4:37 am

    You're right…suspenders do work, specially with Suits…try them with tight jeans and its not the same…tho probably if they're tight enough, you won't need them!;)

  154. Ingjerd Cathrin

    May 28, 2010 at 4:38 am

    I'd say search ebay for suspenders! I'm so hooked on ebay right now.. I can find anything I like there.. and I like som weird stuff that I could never find in today's stores. :)

  155. proletarian Great Gatsby

    May 28, 2010 at 4:43 am

    I love that picture and i find it elegant,modern and masculin at the same time.I loved to use suspenders and i found it confortable (when i was in my 20's) but people looked at me as i were disguise.(I confess:in the spring/sommer with a conotier hat)

  156. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 4:58 am

    There's a pettern here – London. Where else in the world are there entire streets devoted to just 'purveyors of gentlemen's attire'? Braces are ubiquitous here – even the high street sells them (John Lewis, Marks & Spencer etc.), and not the kind with clips! Most Londoners are a little behind the rest of the world. We still think it's inexcusuable to wear a belt with a suit. Scott, you may have a pair of mine.
    P.s. I should mention you'd get an unwelcome surprise if you asked for suspenders in London.

  157. Poivre Monkey

    May 28, 2010 at 5:04 am

    i like the suspender look

  158. Henning Pfeifer

    May 28, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Suspenders are cooler not worn with a suit but more proletarian, skinhead like…
    They are also better if you are skinny, in my opinion

  159. Back

    May 28, 2010 at 5:14 am

    I totally agree…..suspenders really do help pants to stay where they should be……

    But i do like some funny patterned suspenders…is cute to show them :)

  160. Julia

    May 28, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Ahh Braces. I was wondering what i would find as I scrolled down the picture as suspenders are what wewomen wear to hold up our stockings. I love braces,very English, I love the look of them and used to wear them myself as a teenager it was part of 'my look' at the time. England is the place to go to find them. A Gentlemans outfitters is where to look. I wish you luck, I think they look great! Julia

  161. Steven

    May 28, 2010 at 5:51 am

    In Amsterdam you can buy them at every men's wear shop. You should google 'Jort Kelder' a Dutch prominent who is famous in The Netherlands because of his suspenders.

  162. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Yes, us English lads have always been faithful to braces?

    I believe the above poster is referring to Albert Thurston:
    who, indeed, is a fine purveyor of men's braces. I also like his black calf wallet.

  163. Bell

    May 28, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I think the suspenders are practical and comfortable, make us thinner the tummy to men over forty. Models are well suited for safe.

  164. Cyclo2000

    May 28, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Ede and Ravenscroft on the corner of Saville Row hold a nice range of braces (women wear suspenders to keep their stockings up).

    I wear them with all my suits. A "correct" english look is to match the braces to the colour of your shirt.

  165. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Nice Silk-suspenders or leather ones!

  166. Ana Paula

    May 28, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Very beautiful!
    Ana Paula (from Brazil)

  167. Borja Agramunt

    May 28, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Hey Scott! I am a big fan of suspenders just because they make you look taller and thinner with the right suit. I always use them when wearing a suit.
    Check out Herm

  168. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Albert Thurston are the best of the best find them here –
    I only wear braces with a suit too. Lush.

  169. Fuji

    May 28, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Albert Thurston makes very high quality suspenders, I don't know if you can buy the in the US, but in the UK they are reasonably easy to find. They are made the traditional way using cat gut.

  170. Marina

    May 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Do you know who is Pedro J Ramirez?
    Is the director of a spanish newspaper and he

  171. Álvaro

    May 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

    love the mix of the suit & the tattoos

  172. Kerry

    May 28, 2010 at 7:59 am

    You won't see many suspenders with the leather button tabs these days because they're a little old-fashioned. They go with trousers that have the buttons sewn along the waistband, not too common nowadays.

    Also, elastic suspenders should be treated like ladies' brassieres when it comes to laundering. Hand wash in tepid water and hang to dry in order to preserve the elastic.

  173. Middleseason

    May 28, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Why to hide them? The suspenders give elegance and an orginal look. As in your shot anyway.

  174. Duke of Winchester

    May 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Now look here, old chap.
    1) Braces not suspenders.
    2) No gentleman would dream of wearing a belt with his suit trouserings.
    3) always button-on, not clip-on braces
    and 4) for more sartorial advice of this sort, I find that and are good places to start.



  175. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Eek. If I squint my eyes and get rid of the suspenders and the tatoo(!!) he looks almost nice.

    A haircut would be nice, too.

    If suspenders are to be worn, I think it best to do it old world. Not this flashy way.

  176. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

    There is a tie shop on the lower level of the Rockefeller Center concourse that offers a surprisingly wonderful selection of suspenders. I have two pairs and I find them to be the perfect width. They have clips rather than the button on straps I would prefer but the hardware is of a much higher quality than most I have seen. I think they have at least a dozen solid colors.

  177. airman_verde04

    May 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I've been wearing suspenders since I was about 15, and only silk ones at that. People don't understand a proper pair of braces do not snap back. I have a few pair of random pairs. a flowery pink with little sail boats, Confederate flags ( which I do not wear anymore) some crazy black with disco looking colored squares on them.. but my fave are my black, or red pair. I can never find a pair that is affordable at any department store, I've had most of my luck at local mens stores, Grady Ervin & Co. here in Charleston is where I go.

  178. POEM

    May 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

    he looks great

    it makes me laugh

    the contrast between the dragon bracelets
    and chic outfit

    personally i prefer sagging pants even to go to work
    in Madrid many men wear suspenders

    see u

  179. Matthew

    May 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Oh the insurmountable challenges of Scott Schuman's life…finding suspenders and cufflinks

  180. Sognatrice

    May 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

    great, great and blue is everywhere! :)

    The (im)Perfect Harmony

  181. Christina

    May 28, 2010 at 10:20 am

    My husband wears braces with certain suits and looks great. I love them.

  182. Terry

    May 28, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Now that's Hedge Fund Dressing. Really close to Apparel I design.

    Check out at:

  183. A.R.Ambler

    May 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    vintage! the fancier the clips the better, imo.

  184. lovefool

    May 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

    i haven't worn a suspender yet my entire life, not that i don't want to because I do. the opportunity just hasn't come yet. but i do own one. it's yellow and I can't wait to wear it soon!

  185. Alek

    May 28, 2010 at 11:13 am

    In Switzerland:

  186. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I used to be an assistant buyer at Brooks Brothers…and bought braces, among other things.

    BB is the place to go — they are simple, classic, well-made, and best of all, affordable.

  187. Giovanna

    May 28, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I love the tatoo! His outfit is very classy too

  188. ...

    May 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Very Stylish !!! Great colors…

  189. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I don't know about suspenders, but there is a woman who sells vintage cuff links out of her tiny store on 9th between 2nd and 1st ave. You should check it out! xxx

  190. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Does this mean the Gordon Gekko stigma is finally gone?

  191. Pico

    May 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    You should order them from Albert Thurston, they are great and the only classic ones!

  192. Charles

    May 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    It's already been commented on numerous times here and, not to be too repetitive, but these are braces. They are not suspenders. Period.

    More to the point, I've never had any real problem finding braces and have them in braided leather, fabric, and silk.

    I'm not a fan of the elastic ones, but that's a personal preference. And though I did not with my last two, I generally have buttons added when I purchase my suits.

    I do not wear suspenders, although I'll admit I did as a child. And with a belt? No comment!

    Last, but not least, Robert Talbot makes some great cufflinks. I have four or five pair, and get complimented on them almost every time I wear a pair.

  193. Marie

    May 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    the contrast of tattoo and outfit is just soo cool!

  194. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    has Syms gone out of business-
    that is where i always bought suspenders in cincy -

    john in nc

  195. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    the only thing i have to say about suspender is: show them off!!!! they look great!

  196. Melinda

    May 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I like the suspenders/tattoo/mixed stripes look, but not with the polka dot tie or the long hair. Too much blue, too much hair for an older man, handsome though he is. IMO, not many older men can pull off long hair.

  197. Brenda T

    May 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    The best I've seen are here:

    Hooray for suspenders!

  198. Tanya

    May 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Braces with button loops!
    Next step: take all your trousers to tailor, have belt loops removed & buttons for the suspenders sewn into the waistband.

    Will from A Suitable Wardrobe might have some tips

  199. TS

    May 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    As you don't want to show them off, only hold up your trousers correctly, Brooks Brothers seems the perfectly reasonable option. My design-conscious Milanese husband grabbed his braces there and has been very satisfied. And I too had to get used to hearing them called braces, since in the US, my dear UK counterparts, braces are what they use to wire your teeth straight. (Insert unflattering remark about British teeth here.) And women do not hold up their stockings with suspenders in the US because (1) pantyhose have existed for decades, (2) few of us have even worn pantyhose for about 15 years, and (3) at any rate we call them garters, which only fetishy brides ever buy. Brooks Brothers will know what you mean whatever you call them, but in Jermyn Street you probably had better say braces.

  200. workroom

    May 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I agree, Albert Thurston! Best suspenders/braces

  201. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Now that the sequel to "Wall Street" is coming out, I think you won't have any trouble finding suspenders.

  202. Sarahbeth

    May 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I love a suspender and you are very wrong – show them off – they are sexy and tailored and a tad vintage. Just look what they did for him – upped his sex appeal majorly. Thanks for this post – I've wondered where to find them myself and I've been thinking about sewing up a pair of classic linen trousers – complete with buttons for a braided leather suspender. They look equally great on gals you know…

  203. Global Girl

    May 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    He looks great!

  204. izzit

    May 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    This picture is for those who say "don't get a visible tattoo, or you can't dress for work…" – Get a tattoo, and it'll only improve that suit!

  205. Mary

    May 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    My husband wears nothing but solid or striped suspenders with his suits. He gets them at J Press and Brooks Brothers.

  206. Geoffrey

    May 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Brooks Brothers suspenders all the way. The Black Fleece collection also sports a beautiful red/white/blue set. Worth the $80 investment for a good brooks pair.

  207. Geoffrey

    May 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    And p.s. Don't hide your suspenders. Rock them hard. All the old school gentlemen do…..

  208. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Suspenders are sexy!!!

  209. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Anyway, no brand uses whale furry to make the rope that joins the suspender with the buttons sewn on the trouser. Albert Thurston used to do it, but I think they don

  210. John Cal

    May 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I've been wearing suspenders since HS. They're hot. They're easy enough to find in Portland, and even when I lived in Hawaii before that. I guess I just find one reputable Haberdasher and stick to it though.

  211. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    always happy to see the newest classic twists from "i ragazzi di Al Bazar" when you write from Milano. I am a regular customer and their style and clothes are unbeatable! i have noticed that in italy, braces tend to be more popular with a slightly older crowd, but if Gianpaolo rocks 'em, that's enough endorsement for me!

  212. Alexandra

    May 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Jermyn Street in London is always a good bet. We call them Braces in England.

    Try this link to Turnbull and Asser's website

  213. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    yes we call them braces in the UK – suspenders here are worn by women

  214. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I too love this look. Um, don't you find suspenders make your pants tug uncomfortably when you sit down?

  215. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Love the suspenders… and they are suspenders. Clip or buttoned, the only difference is that one is the British and the other the American naming.
    So long as the pants aren't pleated and the suspenders are buttoned, it's very sexy. But enough with tattoos. Such an attractive man marred by ink.

  216. curiousdee

    May 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    OH my goodness. I love it when a man wears suspenders. I think they're so classy and fun at the same time..

  217. The Purple Painter

    May 28, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    How great is this guy! I dig his look, though perhaps the watch band could go ;)

    check out these leather braces

  218. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    WOW.. I love this sexy man!!!

  219. Marie

    May 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I love the tattoo, and I love the bracelets, and I love the watch, and the colours of the tie and shirt and braces, though I'm not as keen on the pinstripe going through both the suit and the shirt. Nonetheless, he's so well put together.

    Cufflinks are one of the gifts I most commonly bestow upon my dad and brother, for the very good reason that they're a very small but incredibly easy way to pull a look together. And they're just so goddamned elegant.

  220. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Nice look and I love his Panerai with the aqua croc strap. Good mix of Blue!

  221. Pascal

    May 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I have had all the same problems with wearing belts with my suits. However, I feel no embarrassment at wearing braces, as they are the traditional way to hold up one's trousers.

  222. sylvia

    May 28, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    forgot to say, I love TRAFALGAR braces, and they have online store here :

  223. Holly

    May 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Looking GOOD!!!

  224. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    i might be wrong but i think suspenders are the things that women wear attatching their stockings to their corset/undergarment.
    braces are what men wear to hold up their pants. maybe that just the english word them…

  225. ethan

    May 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    suspenders are easy to find. you could start at brooks brothers. even ll bean sells them. for the high roller there's paul stuart or herzfeld. the trafalger company has a very extensive line. i once bought a box with 20 pairs at a garage sale for $2! thats enough

  226. Phablo Xcsholl

    May 29, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Well it has to be a nice suspender and you have to be care about you tummy ( a big tummy with suspender don

  227. Anonymous

    May 29, 2010 at 12:09 am

    yeah if you wear braces(or suspenders), the pants shouldn't have the belt loops.

  228. Solanah

    May 29, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I'm sure this has already been said, but I don't quite have the patience to read 200 comments ;)

    Vintage stores that have a decent selection of mens clothing usually carry suspenders. And the button versions are much better than the clip versions! You can always have buttons sewn into the inside of the waistband if the pants don't have them.

    Best of luck!

  229. Karena

    May 29, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Very good looking!!
    I love suspender on men, very pulled together!

    Art by Karena

  230. Daily Garb

    May 29, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Great post. Suspenders are so hit or miss- I'm almost glad they are hard to come across just to prevent the wrong people from wearing them!

  231. Cem

    May 29, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I think it is very nice, too.

  232. basur hapı

    May 29, 2010 at 6:59 am

    really nice sharing thanks

  233. Anonymous

    May 29, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Go to Harrod's in London. You will find many.

  234. Yeji Jun

    May 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I wear suspenders a lot. I'm a girl though. They are cute and comfortable.
    One of my favorite accessories.

  235. Kate

    May 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

  236. Kate

    May 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

  237. Doc Bunny

    May 30, 2010 at 1:19 am

    um, those are BRACES, not suspenders. santa wears suspenders.

  238. sheby brahmatantri

    May 30, 2010 at 1:50 am

    i love suspenders :)and also i love your blog :)

  239. Krizia

    May 30, 2010 at 4:11 am

    I love the way he's dressed like he's about to go to a business meeting,
    but then that great tattoo pops up.
    Great picture!

    x Krizia

  240. ionablu

    May 30, 2010 at 6:46 am

    …an Amish dry goods store will have a variety as well as the hardware and material to make your own 'spenders.

  241. Anonymous

    May 30, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Great pic he looks very stylish and hot!

  242. Anonymous

    May 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Like a lot of people here, I like the contrast of the tattoo and his outfit. Splendid!! Since I saw this picture, I have the intention to follow this man and to have my first tattoo in my live!!

  243. Anonymous

    May 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Are we talking braces?

  244. TheHappyHomemaker

    May 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    A sartorialist wears "braces" rather than "suspenders". Braces are buttoned into the pants (on the inside), so you'll want to have your tailor add buttons for you. Silk braces are especially nice and can add interest and color in the same way as a tie or square does.

    Very few men wear braces these days, so when they are worn correctly, they are a true mark of sophistication….in my opinion.

  245. isabelito

    May 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I normally never make any comments in any blog, but in this case, i thought I should… I was recently in Chicago and it was there that I found the most beautiful cufflinks ever! They were in the Ralph Lauren store on MIchigan Av, they were vintage, expensive of course, but unforgettable! Try to check them out, you may probably find them in another RL store in NY … hope it helps!

  246. Cacá Santana

    May 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm


    Very Nice!


  247. cociolph

    May 30, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I wear suspenders or braces with my tuxedo or dinner jacket only. I think they look ridiculous on pants with belt loops, especially when they're flopping around in full view as on this man. Ugh.

  248. jonas

    May 31, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I have the same problem with suitpants/belts and decided to go suspenders as well, a couple of weeks ago. It is true that they are hard to find, but the better (gentle)men's store normally has them.
    Another possibility is to look for decent suspenders in secondhand stores or at the better flea market. With a little searching effort, you can find beautiful and very original themes. Important is to be carefull about the state they are in, especially when it comes to elasticity.
    I think "funny" themed suspenders are absolutely not done, but I'm pretty sure that there can be men who pull it off in the right way. Haven't seen them yet, though, but I'd like to be surprised.

  249. Anonymous

    May 31, 2010 at 5:48 am

    in New York, you'll find the widest selection of suspenders and braces at Paul Stuart on Madison Avenue.

  250. Lillian

    May 31, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Haha! A touch of an old fashion, but a modern man.

    I LOVE it!

  251. Archibald

    May 31, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I'm so tired of my pants riding on my hips (like jeans) and not on my waist(right below the belly-button) where they should be. All day I'm adjusting my pants hoping they will stay in the right place.

    So why don't you visit you tailor, and have your trousers adjusted?

    Trousers with good fit, are supposed to stay in place also without braces or a belt.

    Look at the man in the picture: Those trousers are certainly Not hanging on his braces.

    With kind regards


  252. Ramalhoni

    May 31, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Love the classic suspenders look and the tattoo !!!!
    Really really cool…

  253. Ellie

    May 31, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Cool bracelet!

  254. Anonymous

    May 31, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    How can he put suspenders with a pant made for a belt? It's just a shame! A serious fault that I can not pass up being a big fan of fashion.
    L'impeccable Claude, Lyon, France.

  255. Polkadot

    May 31, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I would love for this man to invite me to dinner. It would make my mum jealous.

    BTW, blue, blue, blue and blue?
    Not sure that I could pull off so many different shades.

    But he can.

  256. Anonymous

    May 31, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    A quick question for Scott or anyone else out there:

    Can anyone comment on the quality of Ralph Lauren Purple Label suits?

    Scott I know you've had some English suits made, etc. In your estimation, how does the quality of RL PL compare to some of the others you've had?

    I can't get over how expensive they are to buy, I've even looked on E-Bay & they're still massively expensive.



  257. Ginger

    May 31, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    May I make a prediction? You may not love the look of suspenders on their own now, but with time, you might come to appreciate the look and embrace them on their own?

    My husband always wears his jacket when sporting suspenders, but I secretly love it when we arrive home and upon removal of the jacket, I can see something unusual about his look, setting him apart the common look of the other men around the room. I always feel they make him look sharp.

  258. Rhonda

    June 1, 2010 at 4:53 am

    This outfit is most excellent.

  259. marie claire

    June 1, 2010 at 5:06 am

    I really don't like tattoos, but the contrast to the clothes is perfect! he is absolutely hot!

  260. Ruben

    June 1, 2010 at 7:21 am

    I bought some great vintage inspired suspenders at Freeman Sporting Club, 8 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002 212-673-3209. Good luck!

  261. Magali

    June 1, 2010 at 9:53 am

    American Apparel has a rather
    small collection of suspenders in their stores. They're really quite nice since they primarily come in neutral colors such as black, thus making them easy to pair with any outfit.

  262. Anonymous

    June 1, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Thank you TS, at 2:01 for finally setting the lingo straight! As an American living in London for over 20 yrs I get sick of both sides saying who is 'right' when it comes to our common language – depends what country you are in!

  263. Allie

    June 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Suspenders + dragon tat = awesome. I think they can be rocked well on many men…

  264. Anonymous

    June 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Belts should not be worn with suits. Bar perhaps casual / tropical suits. I know the Italians make very high quality suits. I am not arguing about craftsmenship. I am arguing about appropriate style. Belst with suits, especially formal suits are a vulgarism.

    Suspenders/braces are not something to be displayed. They may be "necessary" in certain contexts ( a high waisted suit with a wasitcoat ) but they are only display items for the Gordon Gekkos of the world.

    Go to the source : Savile Row. No belts with suits.

    Here Endeth the Lesson.

  265. Anonymous

    June 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    i love the contrast b/w the tatoo and the suit. He's very handsome!

  266. BloomintgonGirl

    June 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I was under the impression that suspenders are those tacky fake braces that are attached to pants with clips and "Braces" is the correct term for the accessory of which you speak – those straps that have button attachments to pants. Have I been wrong all these years? Surely, the Sartorialist would know!
    By the way…Greetings from Bloomington and thank you for your wonderful blog.

  267. Richard

    June 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    like the Panerai submersible with blue gator strap


    June 2, 2010 at 8:56 am

    agreed.. love suspenders! and hard to find! great picture!

  269. jessica

    June 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    This man looks great and I love the tattoo, it almost makes the outfit. I agree though, I don't like colourful, funny or theme-y suspenders but it really works here and if they're actually serving a purpose, even better… (actually, they dont look like they're helping much at all..?) Oh well. I like it.

    Jess x

  270. Anonymous

    June 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Suspenders really only work on sexy older men with dragon tattoos. Jeeeeeeeze! Haha.

  271. Sie/SJC (No Stranger to Different)

    June 3, 2010 at 2:45 am

    I just so happen to be looking for a good pair myself. So I couldn't exactly give suggestions, but I'll be sure to give a shout when I find something.

  272. Popartrockgirlyeah!

    June 5, 2010 at 4:01 am

    I think this guy has a great style – it looks very knowing; like he has seen Wall Street, but also wants to channel a bit of Amy Winehouse!

  273. Kathleen

    June 5, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Where do I start here? Okay, with suspenders. I have always loved them but it takes a special man with great taste and style to pull them off. I don't want to think of my grandpa when I see them. Now, on to this fabulous gentleman. He is absolute perfection from head to toe. He effortlessly pulls off his "look" with the addition of his wrist accessories which he is probably never without, and his sexy dragon tat. I am in love with his smile, his incredibly fit body, his wavy brown hair, and most of all his self confidence. I swear, I am moving to Milan! Our men are lovely here in the US, here I go again, but many of them seem to loose it when they hit this man's age. Where oh where are the business men of the 80's? Now, they had style!


    June 6, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Phone Larry King, he must know where all of them are. I think this is a fab look, especially with RL. Don't give in…just do it.

  275. Anonymous

    June 6, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Try John Helmer in Portland OR, They sell suspenders, braces, shirt garters, and all other clothing 'foundation' accessories and have wonderful customer service for online orders.

  276. Chantal

    June 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I love suspenders!! They have a old school, high class look to them!

  277. Dan H

    June 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Scott, I wear suspenders myself with my suits. I would recommend either Regent or Albert Thurston. A bit of research should yield some online retailers.
    As for wearing them, it all depends on your style. I know my RLPL suits have the front suspender buttons way to the side, and I would think it's the same for you. It's all a matter of personal taste and comfort. Oh and the leather on the suspenders should match your shoes, while the fabric should match your suit (general principle, can obviously be played with).

  278. Bianca-San

    June 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    hmmm… too bad about the tatt.

  279. Anonymous

    June 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Shalom! Todd Boling . payday loans

  280. Samir K

    June 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Turnbull & Asser has nice suspenders.

  281. Anonymous

    June 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm



  282. Anne

    June 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I've bought two pairs of suspenders for my husband and his Purple Label suits from Wolfram L

  283. Chloe

    June 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I juust love a guy in braces, and gave my bf a pair for his Birthday, but whilst he has tried them, and liked them, he is too embarrassed to wear them outside his flat. Don't understand why you lads feel this way. We gals all think they are great.

  284. Anonymous

    June 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    looks like a wall street guy or one of those guys at Enron.

  285. Anonymous

    June 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    i like the contrasting blues and patterns… but the the bracelets and the turquoise watch make the look much more casual and approachable.

  286. J.Ro

    June 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Ever since Dr. Peter Burns rocked suspenders on Melrose Place I've been obsessed. For mixing in a foreboding tattoo, this man is my new definition of 'Stud.'

  287. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Andrew's Ties! 400 Madison Ave. Great selection of suspenders and cufflinks.

  288. zincink

    June 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I love suspenders, they just MAKE an suit look crisp

  289. Anonymous

    June 17, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Bergdorf Goodman?

  290. René

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 am worlds oldest suspender manufactorer + free shiping. I have a pair of their formal braces to go with my dinner ensamble. look it out the quality is really high and the prices are fair. Kind regards René

  291. flybynightkarmarepair

    June 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Two things: vintage store suspenders in the original packaging often can't be checked before buying for perished elastic.

    And Duluth Trading has unusual and unobtrusive SIDE clip suspenders, including narrow ones suitable for work/dress clothing. They also have STURDY but plain button type suspenders and the brass and nickel buttons to hand them on – mostly suitable for jeans and very casual "tradesman" type clothes, but still….

  292. Dlife

    June 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    suspenders?????not for everybody!!!

  293. Anonymous

    June 18, 2010 at 10:38 am

    DRAKES – LONDON do the super-chicest slim plain & very discreet braces!!! The ONLY ones to wear!

    PENROSE – LONDON… ( new brand) for THE best cufflinks and ties and scarves.

    now you know!

  294. Andrew

    June 18, 2010 at 11:09 am

    When I worked at 867 Madison Avenue, years ago, I always wore suspenders (braces). My favorite were the leather braided ones.

    They really are the only proper way for trousers to hang. Unfortunately, they are also associated with the Michael Douglas/Wall Street era of 1987.

    But they are timeless and correct.

  295. Peg-Leg Blog

    June 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I love them. You look hot!

  296. manuel

    June 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Perfecto. Pero donde se ponga un cinturón a juego que se quiten los tirantes.

  297. Anonymous

    July 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Recently "discovered" the practical nature and comfort of braces, and have bought a few pairs. However, I do not feel brave enough to show them in public outside my house and garden. The nearest I got was to drive in them the other day, desperately hoping not to be seen by anyone I knew. How do you guys gain enough confidence to be seen in your braces?

    Any tips would be appreciated.

  298. J. Daniel

    July 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Oscar Wilde, a distinctly well-dressed man, said that all male garments should hang from the shoulders, not the hips.

    I wear suspenders/braces frequently, and have recently started sewing buttons on new jeans and wearing them as they were intended–as "waist overalls". Check your jean history if necessary. Always a good look. And in my opinion, the tat is not a detriment.

  299. Tomasso

    August 29, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Ciao Scott!
    My favorite choice of suspenders is the Italian brand Victrix from the small town of Como close to Milan.
    These elastic suspenders are made with brandy colored leather, the button pieces are pointed like Italian shoes(!), they have golden buckles, and the Victrix brand is not afraid of colors (ranging from clear aggressive yellow and red to vintage colors of red wine, warm beige and grey).
    I can't find a Victrix website, but if you surf or contact the classic men's fashion store, 'Margad' in Bologna (Via Matteotti Giacomo 2/A, telephone, +39 051356636), they'll be able to fulfill your need for beautiful suspenders, I'm sure.
    I think you're right that wearing suspenders still has a grandadish (or I-can't-figure-out-your-sexual-preference) thing to it. But if you take your coolest pants and cut off the belt straps and replace these with 6 classical (yet interesting) buttons on the outside of the pants, I think you put the sex back in the suspenders. In this way they become an integral part of the outfit. Of course it takes a good shirt and good pair of pants. But to me it's a sophisticated reference to the cool guys of the 30s on Broadway.
    - Tomasso
    PS: Thanx a lot for the Thesartorialist spot.

  300. Lisa

    September 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I find suspenders to be incredibly sexy. It's the same allure to me as garters must be to men. Something thin and elegant holding clothing on to the body.

    See what I mean in this Nick Cave video, where you can catch glimpes of impeccable suits/ties and suspenders (as well as the singer repeatedly ripping off his shirt :)

  301. Hein Strijker

    February 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Very nice actually, except for the hanging of the suspenders. they should have been more tightened-up. Anyhow, for more of this sort of suspenders you preferably go to Ciao. Hein.

  302. Lynda

    May 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Suspenders/braces, button/clip-ons, call them whatever, but I think they are all great. My bf was ultra embarrassed when I caught him in a pair when I called round unexpectedly, but I explained that whilst his male mates may rib him, we gals think they are the business. He now regularly wears them indoors, but always covers them when he goes out.
    How can i convince him not to worry?

  303. Delphine

    July 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

    The most interesting thing about this man is his tattoo… His clothes tell a completely different story than his body art. The suite shows a classy businessman, keen on tradition and elegance, while his tattoo reveals the true spirit inside of this 'businessman'. A young soul not afraid to express his true nature, fearless of growing old and never letting go of his 'wild side'

  304. mark saniez

    May 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    My wife likes to wear long skirts with big buttons in front,with leather end buttoned braces,along with a beret,and i have to admit,it suits her,anyhow why should braces be reserved for men only?!,and braces are allways “à la mode”,,so if women want to put on braces with their trousers or skirts,why not!,

    • rachael

      August 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Mark i couldnt agree with you more. I love wearing braces. not just for their function but i love the feel and the look. i enjoy just casually with some jeans or a skirt for around the house or just to the shops. but i enjoy wearing them to work or on a night out. there is nothing better than a nice shirt ( prefer white ) paired with some nice trousers ( prefer wide leg ) then a pair of braces. so many women wear them and love wearing them. so many other women at my work wear them and it is very rare to see my boss not wearing them and she has a great range and some that are outstanding. i also had a pair of overalls that i had the standard brace and buckles removed and had braces added. does your wife own more pairs than you and wear them more often than you. if she doesnt now she will over time. i now own 12 pairs ( different colours and styles to suit many outfits ).

  305. rosy

    June 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Talking o f suspenders (or braces in the uk),the other day I was passing in front of ” la maison du cuir” (the leather house in Lyon,and in the shop window I saw superb black leather suspenders 3.5cmlarge ( 1.5 inches),with metallic buckles to regulate them and with 10 holes too,and 130cm long,and I had a real crush for them!,and I wear them everyday,with my pants or long skirts,this shop now do them in brown leather too,and some of my freinds bought a pair too,and like me they say that “they feel cool and elegant and it’s such agreat feeling, with theese large leather suspenders keeping you harnessed up,and the price was really correct too 30 euros!

  306. Hi there suspender lovers,I agree with theese comments, Visiting Paris and the eiffel tower not long ago,on our way down we looked for a souvenir,and we fell upon theese lovely black leather suspenders,for adults and children.They are quite remarquable,in the back they have the eiffel tower form in real thick black leather with two huge nickel clips,and in front they are straight with again clips,and you can adjust them by buckles,my wife and I bought a pair and so for my children,in their size,and everybody compliments us because they look so good !,now when we go out it’s hard not to put them on,with pants or skirts,and such a good price too 15 euros,and they will last a lifetime !

  307. Mark Saniez

    August 8, 2013 at 5:43 am

    A lot of people don’t understand it,but wearing suspenders ,with pants or shorts or skirts,holds them up better,letting alone that medicalwise they hold your back too !,Like me and my wife when gardening,both of us allways put on clip on suspenders with our pants or shorts ( in the summer),we also put on on top of our suspenders nice nylon buttoned overalls too,,so the two combined together give’s you a great feeling§

  308. Daniel

    November 26, 2013 at 6:38 am

    This is where you get them :)

    FINALLY found them!

  309. Mark Saniez

    January 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I’ve allready left a message concerning the subject,and now living in France. But I remember when living and going to school in the 60′s in the UK,for us the boys we had to wear short grey flanel trousers held up by “large and thick” braces with leather ends,wich were buttoned , and this up to 14 or 15! As for our girl schoolmates who were in class with us,they had to wear grey flanel pleated skirts with large straps buttoned too on their skirts!,staight in front and crossed in the back!,and in summer we sure did sweat ,+ our mothers for us the boys they really pulled them up tight!,And when receiving a school spanking with an old slipper full of dust on our asses ,by the female teachers,( every class room had one !),it was hard to bend down,even at times the lady school teacher when spanking us use to hold us the boys by the Y of the back brace,as for the girls, it was even worse ,because when they received a slipper spanking by the mistress pulling up their skirts way up high,seeing their green coton knickers !,And when your mum used to come and fetch you going out of school,we had to cross all over town giving then our hands ,like small children,and it did look odd,beacause when being aged of 15 or 16 and being much taller than your mothers,and being strapped with your braces or skirt straps you really was still considers a child,.As for our mums spanking she too use an old slipper to wack our asses at home!

  310. rosy richard

    January 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Dear Rachael,I agree with you completly,It’s such a nice feeling wearing suspenders,once you’ve tasted it you can’t go without them!I being a directors secretary,and allways have to be impecably dressed(,I’m aged 45),I wear with my “ladies suit,wich is composed of a black jacket with white stripes running down,and the long black skirt aswell with white long stripes,I had problems keeping my skirt up,and one day passing by a shop I saw theese lovely black leather thin clip on suspenders with buckles to regulate them,and I did not hesitate , I bought them and put them on straight away,and as they are crossed in the back,what tranquility I have now,and as you say it’s such a great feeling,I wear also a black faux leather corset with 8 susenders too for my stockings,wich I like too to wear,and One day when it was so hot, I took off my jacket, and my leather suspenders appeared straight away,my boss,seeing me with my suspenders on my white blouse complimented me saying how elegant I was! ,he even asked,in wich shop I found them ,that they would suit his wife,and now I know that his wife wears the same one’s as me now!,( she came in the other day in her slacks wearing them,),,but I couldnt go too far and tell him that underneath I was wearing aswell a leather corset with suspenders to hold up my stockings,Dear Rachael I don’t know from wich country you come from but I’m French and I have to confess that in France we do have such a great range of sexy clothing at very reasonable prices,so as you say ,”keep on wearing suspenders”,if they are underneath or above,
    Graatings Ivone

  311. Ron Williams

    March 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I live in Australia and I get my suspenders from the Super Suspender Store in U.S.A. Many different styles and really good value. Just Google the store.

  312. carmen gloser

    March 23, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Hi there suspender lovers,I too have became a suspender lover too now,allthough all that long ago I preferd wearing belts,until I went and visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris,and coming down I noticed a lot of tourists,girls and women wearing theese “black Leather suspenders straight in front with metal buckles,and in the back it was “the eifel Tower form” +you had 2 normal clips in front and 2 huge metal clips on the back.When I saw this I had a crush on theese suspenders straight away,.And arriving down on each pillar there was a “souvenir shop” ( pillars ,nord-sud-est-ouest),and inside the shops there were a whole range of theese type of “Eifel Tower Suspenders”,and as I said before not being a fan of suspenders ( i’m aged 40),I did buy myself a pair and put them on straight away with my pants,wow what a really nice feeling!,plus the back in it’s Eifel Tower form was in very thick black leather ,so not only were you maintained beu the pleasure of feeling your pants pulled up ,I sid to myself,Carmen you’ve been missing something !.And now I can’t go without them anymore+I even put my belt on too,So not only do I feel good bur everybodt tells me how sexy I am !

  313. Robert BC

    June 10, 2014 at 12:14 am

    My friend, go visit the gents at Fine and Dandy on 49th between 9th and 10th for braces and more. Also, go to the cufflinks and tie bar man on 25th street between Broadway and 6th; all tie bars and cufflinks.


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  318. Name*

    March 28, 2015 at 7:11 am

    suspenders are stupid i broke it just by touching it

  319. Charles Kent

    May 11, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I agree with you guys. Wearing suspenders can make you feel comfortable. I try it once and now I always used it when I’m wearing pants and slacks.

  320. jack wright

    August 29, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    In general, clip attachments on suspenders are too small and stiff and straps need buttons pants. Neither is ideal but a much larger clip would probably be best.

  321. mark saniez

    January 16, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Actualy I’m livivg in France but I was born and went to school in England ,and I remember back in the 60′s We had to wear school uniforms wich included those large and thick leather end braces attached to our buttons in our short trousers!and my mother used to pull them so high up that when I had to bend down when my mother gave me the slipper on my ass I had great difficulty doing so,leting alone that my head was shaved too thanks to mums electric hair shaver!.Then at the age of 12 we moved to France because of my fathers work and we’ev stayed there ever since,But on arriving in France I had another 4 years of schooling to do,and this time I did’nt have to wear a school uniform but intsead allways with my short trousers and braces a nylon buttoned overall and this time a beret,a matter of fact my mother and my sisters as well as I we were all wearing those long nylon overalls either buttoned on the side or in the back ,wich was akward because you needed someone to button you up and unbutton you!but the nylon overalls I did like them because of the nice crispy sound ,and of all the colors ,Like I had a nice red one buttoned in the back with 14 big buttons !,as for my sisters and mother having found a job in a big textile factory they were allways in their very long and large yellow nylon overalls buttoned in front.Less pleasant was the french Martinet ,a small children’s whip with a wooden round handle and attached to it 10to 12 thick leather tails ,and beleive me once you had received 10 hard strokes on your bare ass by mother you could’nt sit down for a couple of days!.Then arriving at the age of 14 I still wore short trousers but with large clip on braces ,and allways the beret and my nylon buttoned overalls ,as they were oblgatory in school,and as for my haircut allways well shaved as usual too!But my mother had the habit of pulling my braces so high up ,I told her I can’t bend down but she never paid attention !Coming back to the Martinet not only did my mother whip my ass with it but at our school the lady teachers were authorised to whip us too on our buttocks if you did anything wrong ,so ther you go for me it was short trousers with large braces,nylon overalls ( usualy buttoned in the back) so I could’nt take it off,a beret and that damned martinet with wich I was whipped up to 16 !But that the way it was in France for all the children ( girls and boys) even some were whipped up till 18 ,and there was not a house whithout one ,thet were so easy to find,in ironmongers,toy shops,on the market places etc..But that is the way it was!

  322. Max

    September 16, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Suspenders/Braces are nearly extinct nowadays. Fine leather braces can make any outfit stand out, just like in your example. Hopefully, they will make their way back in style. Till then, let’s show some appreciation to the fine men who are not afraid to make them theirs.

    • Javed

      December 9, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Max, Why should men be afraid to wear braces? My gf loves it when I wear braces, which is often. I suppose that as they are not mainstream, guys may be nervous of being seen as different. But does this not just mean that they have style? When I first wore braces, I admit I kept them covered up, but that is impractical, and because they are so comfortable I persevered, and now have no qualms at letting them be seen. I have received many favourable comments, but few adverse ones, usually jokey from my mates. Like you I wish more guys would front up – that would start a snowball reaction.

  323. peet

    July 9, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Recently bought a pair of Suspenders, or Braces, how ever you want to call them at Wiseguy Suspenders think they are new player on the block, hipster style.Very good I get a lot of positive reactions when I wear them.

  324. Richard Creel

    November 27, 2018 at 5:08 am

    I have many suspenders and find that they go with about everything. If you don’t have any, I would start with solid colors like red, navy, black, brown, olive, etc. Yellow ones look really good with a yellow tie. Cleaning them is tricky. Some, I’ve never had to clean. I was told the best way is the put them into a mesh type bag that can be zipped and put them into the washer with you colored items. They may need ironing when dry; and some conditioner put on the leather tabs.

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